Cali hardcore band These Streets is bringing you a handful of new tracks with Unfinished Business and you’re going to be left wondering why? There isn’t anything in them that will stand out as unique from what you’ve heard by bands like Papa Roach or P.O.D. and arguably the other bands have done it much better. Musically it isn’t terrible, but the lyrics and themes leave much to be desired. It’s very “I’m mad at the establishment” but all teeth and little substance.
Punk rock is supposed to be quick, abrasive and in your face but also have a charm to it to distract from the obnoxious nature of it. Something that connects with you and pulls you in so it doesn’t sound like a recorded tantrum. The same applies for hardcore music if not more so, in that genre greater emphasis is put on artistic strength and musicianship, which is the problem here. As far as dope drumming, bass, kicking riffs, breakdowns etc, they’ve accomplished that pretty well, but the vocal performance and lyrics hit you like an angry Hot Topic employee or a teenager whose mad because mom and dad just don’t get them.
Angst can lead to great music, such as the iconic Nirvana, or it can take the wheel and drive you over the cliff. Unfinished Business comes across as finally telling a bully off only to immediately get your ass kicked in front of the whole high school. It’s a valiant effort with some good music drowned out by a lot of nonsense that just seems forced for some reason. The band definitely has potential to blow up out of the Cali scene but they’re going to need to go back to the drawing board before their next release if they want to take it to the next level.
Bite The Hand
Can’t Be Saved
No Way Out
Life From the Gutter
Cameron Grabowski – Vocals
Josh Day – Bass/Vocals
Trevor Peeples – Guitar
Walid Gad – Guitar
Mikel Arredondo – Drums
Bloodrock Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 axes
Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on July 17, 2017